latin verb: present active \ niteo \ bloom or thrive; shine

NITEO is an intensive, one-semester program supporting young adults who live with a mental health condition develop wellness tools, academic skills, resilience, and work-readiness. NITEO was established in 2014, and over 100 students have graduated from the program and moved on to valued roles in their communities.

The NITEO curriculum provides students with opportunities to:

  • Practice and develop resiliency skills to help them live well at school and work,
  • Examine their educational, vocational, and social strengths and values, and
  • Develop an individualized path to choose, get and keep the valued roles of their choice.

All classes are held at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University and enrolled students have access to various other University resources including the Fitness and Recreation Center.


NITEO Fall & Spring Semesters


Each fall (September-December) and spring (January-May) semester, 15 students are invited to participate in NITEO. The semester-long program, is a simulation of the college experience where students have opportunities to:

  1. attend wellness and academic classes to build skills for collegiate, work, and personal success
  2. build lasting relationships with same-age peers and supports
  3. work one-on-one with an assigned College Coach for individualized support around a host of academic, vocational, social, and wellness areas

Classes meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and coaching is typically scheduled after classes on one of those days. The fall and spring semesters run 15 weeks, beginning with one full week of orientation and ending with an end-of-semester Open House celebration. The fee for the fall or spring semester of NITEO – classes and coaching – is $8500. Financial assistance through the Center may be available to students and families based on need, as we do not work with insurance companies.

Example of NITEO Semester Schedule

To continue to advance in their college degree programs, students often enroll in a college course while they are in NITEO. Though students do not receive college credit for NITEO, we are often able to provide institutions of higher education and work with valuable insight on students’ classroom productivity and performance. This is one of many reasons why NITEO is a valued opportunity for students hopeful to return to school. Learn more about applying to NITEO.


NITEO Course Descriptions


Career Seminar: An investigation of students’ educational and vocational identity and goals. Students explore college majors and career tracks based on personal values and ambitions.

Wellness Seminar: An exploration of various domains of wellness and resiliency. Emphasis is placed on developing healthy interpersonal skills, stress hardiness, and self-care.

PhotoVoice: An examination of social justice and empowerment through photography. Students construct narratives as young adults living with mental health challenges.

Open Studio: Students practice wellness strategies and interpersonal communication skills through engagement in expressive arts including music production, painting, and photography.

Academic/Advanced Academic Seminar: Through a series of intensive workshops and completion of an on-line college course, students apply and develop their academic skills and executive functioning.

Writing Seminar: Students practice and enhance their critical reading comprehension, expository writing, and time-management skills through weekly discussions and writing exercises.

Developing Mindfulness and Stress Resilience: A survey of mindfulness-based practices and techniques that cultivate hopeful thinking and build resilience and self-compassion.

Ideas Worth Discussing: A series of student-led discussions about current events and topics of interest. Students practice communication and leadership skills through discussion participation and facilitation.

My Boston: A series of student-selected excursions throughout the Boston area to various museums, parks, and events.

Book Club/Writing Seminar: Discuss student-selected books and short stories, and write expository essays on a topic or theme related to the book.

Supported Study Hall (optional): A structured and supported opportunity for students to attend to coursework, NITEO assignments, and college re-entry and employment applications on-site.



For information about the program contact Courtney Joly-Lowdermilk, NITEO Manager or 617-483-3827.



The Services Division at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation is an inspiring educational environment where persons who have had behavioral health experiences find hope, become empowered by actualizing their dreams through setting goals to live, learn, work and live well in their chosen communities. Participants are “students” who work with faculty and “Coaches” who help them achieve their goals successfully and with satisfaction. Students gain knowledge, skills and supports to live their lives fully. The Center does not provide medical treatment: We do not prescribe or deliver medications or therapy.